From veterans to present day’s superstars to fans, cricket fraternity
has thronged to social media to celebrate the 39th birthday of the
former and most successful captain of the Indian cricket team Mahendra
Singh Dhoni on Tuesday.
Hailed as one of the greatest-ever captains in the history of the
sport, Dhoni has won everything that a captain can win while playing
cricket and remains the only international skipper to achieve the feat.
He has led team India to a ICC World T20 glory in 2007, ICC World Cup
victory in 2011 before completing his ICC success with the Champions
Trophy in 2013. He even took the Test team to the pinnacle of the
ranking and earned the prestigious ICC Test Mace, becoming the first
Indian captain to do that.
However, it had never been only about his leadership skill that made
him the living legend he is today. Much before he became captain, the
superstar in him had already taken birth, thanks to his powerful
strokeplay and ice-cool determination to win matches from the jaws of
Apart from being one of the greatest limited-overs batsmen of this
generation, Dhoni is also India’s best-ever gloveman behind the stumps.
His impeccable wicketkeeping skills have placed him beside the likes of
Adam Gilchrist, Kumar Sangakkara and Mark Boucher as one of the best to
have donned the keeping gloves.
Its been almost a year that he has been away from the cricket field,
yet conversations about his return or future retirement have never died
out in the time since and he still remains one of the most talked about
cricketers in the present era.
Several members of the Indian cricket fraternity took to Twitter to wish Dhoni on his special day.
“Happy birthday to my Bittu from your Chittu. My friend who has taught me to be a better human being and stood by me in bad times MS Dhoni,” India all-rounder Hardik Pandya wrote on Twitter.
“Happy birthday to MS Dhoni…a true leader who led from front, a true
brother who stands for his real brothers. A true fighter till the last
ball in play. Thanks a lot brother for such great moments with me…loved
every advise given to me and team,” S Sreesanth said.
“Many more happy returns of the day to a man whose composure and patience continues to be an inspiration,” wrote VVS Laxman.